I am exhausted and simply sick of all the lying, corruption, excuses, and poor character that has seeped into our society. I would really like to see more people take a stand and say we have had enough of the prisoners running the prison!
This discussion is going to center on the character issues of athletes and the people they associate with in their field. I often think to myself how some of these athletes can go out in public and not to feel shame. In the business world or in sports if I did something so stupid, as to steal or cheat, I would be over taken by guilt. I see so little remorse in our society and this worries me as we go on as a country.
During the steroid years I think it was common knowledge among the players that there was a steroid problem in the game. One player remarked about how a wiry second baseman came to spring training and was built like a weight lifter. This player proceeded to hit home runs at a much higher rate than in the past. I can give you many more examples, but my point is some of the players and coaches had to know what was going on in the game.
The players that I feel sorry for are the guys that were clean and gave a full effort going against the cheaters. How about the AAA or the AAAA players that could have had a MLB career or a more successful career. If I was a player at this time, I would have raised all kinds of heck!
How about the fans of the muscle bound cartoon characters and their reaction after it was found they cheated? It seems to me the average Joe fan felt it was ok for my guy to cheat and put up big numbers but for the opposing player it is not acceptable.
How about the steroid hearing in 2005 and all the denials of the players and one player pointing his finger and sternly denying the accusation. He was found guilty of steroids at a later date. Here is a good article on the hearing-http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/03/17/steroids.baseball/
Now we get to Albert Pujols and former Cardinal Jack Clark. Here are some other articles that explains the situation. – http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/jack-clark-fired-los-angeles-angels-albert-pujols-ped-steroids-tigers-justin-verlander-080913
My concern is there are three people that are directly involved in this situation. You have Albert Pujols, Jack Clark and the former personal trainer of Pujols a Mr. Chris Mihlfeld. Somebody is lying, and it could be one of the guys or it could possibly be two of them. The combatants are claiming they are telling the truth. This is another example of somebody with poor character getting out of line! Then you throw in Kevin Slaten a St. Louis sports talk radio shock jock that has had numerous issues over the years.
Clark and Slaten have been terminated from the radio station. This in itself could get very nasty, and then you throw in the potential lawsuit coming from Albert Pujols. I personally don’t think Pujols will sue because the radio station fired Clark. If he happens to go ahead with the law suit there will be a can of worms opened and it will not be good for all involved.
Why would Jack Clark say what he said on the air and not have solid proof? Some people will say it was for publicity for a new sports radio station. This wouldn’t be smart to attempt to gain publicity through a lie. Jack has always been very up front on the issue of PED’s in baseball. There are people ripping Jack without knowing the truth.
Albert Pujols is reacting in a stern way in order to protect his reputation and to tell the world he is clean. This is how a person of strong character would act if they were accused of an act they did not commit.
The same can be said of Chris Mihlfeld in his statement to the public that what Clark said was false.
Everybody needs to remember when Jose Canseco came forth with his book “ Juiced” he got very little support from the sport writers and the general public. I was one of the people fooled and didn’t think baseball players would mess with steroids. I was wrong as there was a good percent of them on the juice! This really bothers me to think of all the players cheating and messing up the game and the records. The records are tarnished because of these jerks!
I remember when the issue came up of Mark McGwire using steroids when he was with the Athletics and the Cardinals. Tony LaRussa was vehemently in the corner of Big Mac and talked about how hard his work outs were and that he got all his power from hard work. There were a lot of people fooled and a lot more knew there was a problem with steroids.
The current players all seem to be on board with getting the cheaters out of the game! I applaud them for this and we need more to step up against the frauds in the game!
We need to compare the MLB players to the NFL and the NBA players in their conduct and character. There is no comparison between the three with all the felons and criminals in their sport, it is difficult to watch and root for bad people to succeed! Here are some figures on the NFL players- http://blog.seatcrunch.com/crime-in-the-nfl/
Here is a book from several years ago about the problems in the NBA. The author claims that 40% of the NBA players at this time had been charged with serious crimes. http://www.curledup.com/outofbou.htm
As a baseball fan we have our problems with steroids but I do believe the players are willing to police themselves. Baseball needs to come down hard on these losers and give a one year suspension on the first violation and then on the second you are gone for good! This would put a stop to all the fraud in the game.
I have always believed that each generation was supposed to be better than the previous and learn from mistakes and triumphs. We as a society are going downhill because we are allowing the cheaters, liars, and corrupt to make excuses and then go on with their lives with no repercussion.
It is going to be interesting to see where this steroid issue goes and what comes out from under the rock. I am not taking a side on this issue because I don’t know who is telling the truth. I think it is important for the game to get to the bottom of this and get the cheaters out of the game!
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